Hugh Carroll Vincent, Jr.

April 1, 1934 - July 1, 2022

04/01/1934 - 07/01/2022

Past Services

Wednesday July 06, 2022
11:00 am
Murfreesboro Baptist Church
200 West Main Street
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

Hugh C. Vincent, Jr. was born April 1, 1934 in Suffolk, Virginia and passed away July 1, 2022, having lived more than 88 wonderful years. His parents were Hugh C. Vincent Sr. and Lillian Coates Vincent of Newsoms, Virginia. Hugh was raised in Southampton County, Virginia where he attended primary and secondary school and he then attended and graduated from High School at Ferrum College. He thereafter attended N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and received his B.S. in Agricultural Science.

Hugh enjoyed working in many capacities and he never liked to be idle. He was drafted into the Army and served as a trained militia police officer while serving his duty. He spent 47 years as an independent manufacturer’s representative introducing companies such as Bush Hog, Kewanee, and Lilliston Corp. into the mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. He loved the machinery business but he also loved farming and he actively farmed for more than 50 years in both North Carolina and Virginia.

Hugh was a lifetime member of the NCSU Alumni Association, the Watauga Club of NCSU, and the Wolfpack Club. He loved attending football, basketball and baseball games to watch the Wolfpack in action and to enjoy the company of family and friends.

Hugh served several terms on the Board of Trustees of Chowan University including as chairman. He was an avid supporter of Chowan athletics. He was a long-time member of the Murfreesboro Baptist Church, and served as deacon and trustee. In 2006, Hugh received the NC Baptist Heritage Christian Service Award. He enjoyed gardening and growing ornamental plants and particularly enjoyed spending time at the family’s mountain home at Lake Lure.

Hugh enjoyed the Murfreesboro Rotary Club and has immensely enjoyed his many years as a member of the Murfreesboro Coffee Club. He was actively involved for many years with the Murfreesboro Historic Association. Heparticularly enjoyed refitting a building in the historic district in the design of anauthentic blacksmith shop. Now known as the Vincent/Deale Blacksmith Shop Museum, Hugh served as site  manager where he practiced the craft and demonstrated for tour groups using his great-grandfather's collection of blacksmithing tools which he donated to the museum.

Hugh never forgot his kind and loving parents. His mother Lillian was a school teacher, and his father Hugh Sr. was a life-long farmer. Hugh credited his parents, along with his wife of more than 66 years, with any success he achieved. Hugh was a family man and family came first. During the earlier years, Hugh traveled quite a bit in his work and he looked forward after each trip to seeing his Wife and 6 children. This was the highlight of the week. In later years he and his wife were blessed with 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. In Hugh’s words “this old man’s dreams are fulfilled.”

Hugh has also never forgotten his mentors from the time he was growing up in Newsoms. Mr. Edgar Rawls, his 4-H Club Leader, convinced Hugh at the age of 12, to take on a pig and calf project. Mr. G.W. Nichols encouraged him to plant 20,000 pine seedlings as his FFA project. Mr. Leroy Dail, his high school principal and baseball coach at Newsoms School, never lost patience with Hugh and his other players. The primary person that trained Hugh in the selling business, Mr. Hoffman of St. Louis Mo. was the V.P. of marketing of Lilliston Corporation.

Hugh was predeceased by: his youngest son, Kevin Douglas Vincent; parents (Hugh C. Vincent Sr. and Lillian C. Vincent); his sister Betty Jane Sakes; nephew Matthew Vincent Sakes; and great-granddaughter Lily Grace Morhard. He is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Janet Gibbs Vincent; his five children (Dane Vincent, Dean Vincent, Carol Vincent Miller, Christina Vincent; and Hugh C. Vincent, III); his eleven grandchildren (Joshua Miller; Laura, Elizabeth, and Christopher Vincent; Matthew and Brian Vincent; Emilie Mortensen Boone; Rebecca Mortensen and Lucas Mortensen; Jamie Vincent Morhard; Aaron Vincent); six great-grandchildren; and his nephew, Gregory Sakes and two great nephews. This list of family would not be complete without mentioning Douglas Tyler, a long-time friend that Hugh and the entire Vincent family consider as family, along with his wife, Kathie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to: Murfreesboro Historic Association; 116 E. Main Street, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855; or online  clicking here or Murfreesboro Baptist Church, 200 W. Main Street, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855;  or online by clicking here or Best Friends Animal Society 5001 Angel Canyon Rd. Kanab, UT 84741 or online by clicking here

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the Murfreesboro Baptist Church. Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to lunch at the Fellowship Hall at the Church.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, NC is handling the arrangements for the Vincent Family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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1 year ago

My heartfelt sympathy to Janet and family. Prayers for comfort. <3

Betty Fisher
1 year ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this time.

Betty Fisher
1 year ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this time.,

Dee Joyner
1 year ago

My condolences to the Vincent family. I hope you find peace and comfort knowing that Mr. Vincent lived a long and happy life with a loving family.

Louise b Rose
1 year ago

Janet my heart felt condolence for the loss of Hugh, I have lost a sepecial friend, My love to you and all of your famiy

Louise b Rose
1 year ago
Elizabeth Smith Harrell
1 year ago

Sending love and prayers to the Vincent family.

Tim & Teresa Flanagan
1 year ago

We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

Author: Ron Tranmer

Christopher Labrecque
1 year ago

Hugh shared great stories and always made us giggle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and the rest of the Vincent family. He will be missed

Elizabeth W. Craft
1 year ago

My prayers to the family and may God give you comfort and peace.